UPDATE 1:45 pm – Pelosi trying to silence churches. Scroll for updates.
Mary Kathrine Ham, sub-blogging for Michelle Malkin while in Iraq uncovering the media’s heavily liberal biased coverage of the war, is keeping tabs on the Dem’s first 100 hours:
“They’re up to about 17 hours on the legislative clock, and the tally is:”
2 temper tantrums on the floor
1 loss on earmark reform that resulted in…
2 greatly embarrassed Democratic leaders
1 U.S. territory that won’t have to pay the new minimum wage
5 relatives of Harry Reid’s who have benefited from earmarks
Billions in potential savings due to more transparency on earmarks.
If this “honeymoon” period keeps up, I think I’m gonna enjoy the 110th Congress.
Thanks to Dems who backed the stricter earmark rules and shame on Republicans who opposed them (ahem, Lott).
This says it all:
Image courtesy of Suitably Flip
Details on the dem’s foot-shooting at the above “tally” link.
Related: Hot Air has video of Democrat strategist, Kirsten Powers saying the Dem’s don’t have a plan to fight terror.
UPDATE 1:45 pm – Pelosi’s proposed legislation will silence churches and violate the First Amendment, though there are some folks that are too ignorant to understand what the Constitution says.
Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been Speaker of the House for two weeks yet and there is already proposed legislation which would be the most significant encroachment ever into the affairs and ability of churches and other organizations to communicate. Under the guise of lobbying reform, Speaker Pelosi and others have proposed legislation greatly expanding the scope of lobbying regulation which would have a significant impact on churches, pastors, religious denominations, public interest organizations, civic organizations and other nonprofit groups. Even private individuals who voluntarily pay for media to distribute important messages to the general public on political matters would be impacted.
As one of the lawyers who argued against the campaign finance law at the Supreme Court of the United States, I can tell you that this increased government regulation of churches is not only unwarranted but also unwise. In my argument before the Court, I asserted that a prohibition on minors contributing to a political campaign was unconstitutional, and that students have fundamental rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association. A unanimous Supreme Court agreed with me. The same is true here. Lobbying reform can be put forward without impacting the ability of pastors and churches to speak out on the moral issues of the day, which is part of their prophetic responsibilities.
This is not the way our Republic is structured. Congress has no authority to amend our United States Constitution on its own accord. If the Freedom of Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion Clauses mean anything, they mean that church leaders and other citizens have the right to address the moral issues of the day and encourage participation of the citizenry in support of or opposition to legislative initiatives. Nancy Pelosi’s proposed legislation would have stopped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from gathering support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
What we need to do now is exercise our existing First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of association and the ability to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Our grievance is simple: Congress cannot silence churches and other organizations from grassroots involvement in critical issues of our day.